NEW YORK

The U.S. on Friday ratcheted up sanctions on Iran to include its manufacturing and construction sectors on a week that tensions between the two countries drew closer to a direct military confrontation.  

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also announced new sanctions on eight Iranian officials who they said were directly involved in Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops on Wednesday.  

“We’re striking at the heart of the Islamic Republic’s inner security apparatus,” said Pompeo. “The goal of our campaign is to deny the regime the resources to conduct its

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